How to do the Marlborough Sounds the right way

July 25, 2019
Just NZ Holidays

The Marlborough Sounds ranks among the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth. Picture long, sweeping bays of clear blue water, with golden beaches backed with dense native bush. It’s the kind of place you want to take the pace down and totally unwind, and where better to do that than in a luxury lodge. Here’s our guide to the best luxury lodges in the Marlborough Sounds.

Furneaux Lodge


Arriving into Furneaux Lodge

The ‘Jewel of the Sounds’, Furneaux Lodge is an elegant lodge with panoramic views over Endeavour Inlet. Popular with those walking the famous Queen Charlotte walking track, the lodge is beloved for its idyllic atmosphere and secluded location. Furneaux Lodge offers plenty to do for those looking to explore: kayaking, swimming, diving, fishing, mountain biking and nature walks are all on your doorstep.

Bay of Many Coves

Five–star luxury with five–star views, the Bay of Many Coves offers a boutique experience for travellers seeking the finer things in life. A range of luxury suites and apartments offer private ocean views and total comfort. Dining can be casual or formal depending on your mood. Casual bites are available at the Bight café, all day meals at the Kumatage, and fine dining in the Foredeck restaurant. With a range of dedicated guides and a full spa and massage service on–site, you won’t want your trip to the Bay of Many Coves to end.

Lochmara Lodge


Enjoy a meal at Lochmara Lodge

Life at Lochmara Lodge is all about enjoying the surroundings. The gentle lap of the water on the beach in the morning, the sounds of birdsong, or watching the occasional boat passing by. You won’t hear any cars here, because there aren’t any roads. A great option for families with kids, Lochmara Lodge offer tons of day trips; think nature walks, sculpture trails, the lodge even has its very own underwater observatory, where you can watch stingrays and exotic fish swim by to your heart’s content. Like many of the Marlborough Sounds lodges, it’s also a great way to kick off your Queen Charlotte walking track adventure.

Punga Cove

Punga Cove is your go–to for beachside accommodation and uninterrupted views of the crystal–clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Punga celebrates all that is great about the marine history of the area; dip into a spot of sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing or sailing, or take a walk through the stunning bushland that surrounds the lodge. Punga Cove Lodge also operates with a focus on sustainability, by using low–energy lighting, on–site recycling and water conservation techniques.

The Portage


High Above The Portage

The Portage is centrally located in Marlborough and is only 10 minutes’ walk to the Queen Charlotte walking track. Base yourself here for those Marlborough wine tours or your Queen Charlotte walking adventure and you’ll be off to the best start possible. There are three different eateries on–site to choose from, ranging from a laid-back café to a more formal dining room. Activities are abundant: scenic flights, swimming with dolphins and diving, plus you’re perfectly located for those wine tours from Picton!
Enquire today and experience the best of Marlborough Sound.

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